Fox's Glenn Beck Says He Believes Obama Is Racist

Fox News Channel commentator Glenn Beck said he believes President Barack Obama is a racist. Beck made the statement during a guest appearance Tuesday on the "Fox & Friends" morning show. He said Obama has exposed himself as a person with "a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture."

His remarks came during a discussion of Obama's reaction to the arrest of Harvard University scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. Gates is black and was arrested for disorderly conduct by a white policeman over a misunderstanding about a break-in at Gates' home.

An Obama spokesman, William Burton, said the White House had no comment on Beck.

Beck's statement was challenged on the air by Fox host Brian Kilmeade, who noted that most of the people who work for the nation's first black president are white.

"I'm not saying he doesn't like white people," Beck said. "He has a problem. This guy is, I believe, a racist."

Beck wondered, during the discussion, what other president would immediately jump on the police for their actions in the case. Obama said in a news conference that he believed the police acted stupidly in the case, but later backtracked from the statement and invited Gates and the police officer, Sgt. James Crowley, to the White House for a conciliatory meeting later this week.

Bill Shine, Fox News senior vice president of programming, told the TVNewswer Web site that Beck had "expressed a personal opinion which represented his own views, not those of the Fox News Channel. And as with all commentators in the cable news arena, he is given the freedom to express his opinions."

Racial controversies are hardly new to presidents. In 2005, entertainer Kanye West said during a telethon after Hurricane Katrina that President George W. Bush "doesn't care about black people."

Beck, also a radio host and best-selling author, was an immediate hit with Fox News Channel viewers, starting in January when he made the jump from HLN (formerly CNN Headline News).

Beck didn't speak about the racial comments on his own Tuesday Fox show.

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  • by Anonymous on Nov 20, 2009 at 07:33 AM
    All there has to be is one instance of racism & it will prove what a person is. Press rewind.. Remember Obama's reaction to the incident in Caimbridge Mass & the white police officer & the black professor. Without knowing all the facts (Obama's words not mine) Obama said the cop acted stupidly. & went on to talk about the history of racial profiling. So our president, pre-judged a white man without knowing all the facts. that my friend is prejudice. Beck was right!
  • by WOW Location: HAVELOCK on Nov 16, 2009 at 12:26 PM
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Oct 5, 2009 at 03:23 PM
    Disagreeable, that is the best post on this story yet. Color is made an issue yet, his actions are not allowed to protest what he does. Then you are cited racist, you don't like the blackman in the white house and so on. I didn't agree with everything W did. Sorry, I thought I could have my opine of what we "should have done" vs what we did. No one called me racist for that. But if I do with Obama I am. They don't even know what color I am. So, I get it, new direction of the liberal party. Anyone that goes against the chosen one "call them a racist". Didn't we call them prejudice not so long ago? Is this part of the bill to go after racist? Well, then the president should be tried along with Michelle, they have certainly showed where they stand.
  • by Disagreeable Location: nc on Oct 5, 2009 at 11:07 AM
    White or Black president, it don't matter, you all have your opinion on all race. If the president were white, still it would be the same comments made by someone. The president has black and white in him so people, stop acting ignorant. Race is always going to be an issue in this world. I'm sick of it and I know God is also. He put us all in this world as humans not based on race.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 4, 2009 at 01:47 PM
    Obama is no more racist than Jesse Jackson..ohh wow,,, nevermind
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Sep 29, 2009 at 12:44 PM
    Anonymous posters, its like a deck of cards, you can play the race card and eventually, you sound like you are a few fries short of a happy meal. Thats what Alpha and Lavon have done here and other stories. Like Hoopi, she states her race, but doesn't call the card and agree with Alpha. Well, white people say some pretty stupid stuff too, but she cannot attack a white person or she is racist? Don't think so, fools come in all colors. Most don't care and have thick skins. What got Obama in this situation was his lack of patience about the cop and the professor. He should have found out more before calling it as he saw it....
  • by Anonymous on Sep 27, 2009 at 07:55 PM
    Glenn Beck thinks it and we all know it. Thanks for saying it out loud Glenn. We need more good guys to stand against the evil ones.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 27, 2009 at 03:29 PM
    Folks, some people are useless to explain anything to. They are colorblind when it comes to obama. All they know is he is black and they equate that to being good for them. They don't even know what socialist means or what his agenda is going to mean to their children and grandchildren. They are too stupid to realize that it is not about a black president, it is about his socialist ideas and wanting to totally run this country into the ground as he is doing now. Don't waste anymore comments on trying to explain anything. All they can come up with is the race card as usual. They will figure it out soon enough.
  • by Hoopti Location: NC on Sep 27, 2009 at 03:17 PM
    Hey AlPHA FEMALE. You sure don't sound very intelligent. Your Ha Ha's and silly comments don't make you sound very learned in your politics. All you do is make comments about white people and ask how do they like that? Do you even know what your talking about? Just because the man is black is not a reason to back him. Do you have a clue what is going on? I think not. By the way...Im black. Sorry sister but you make us look stupid.
  • by Moma Location: None Ya on Sep 24, 2009 at 02:05 PM
    Hey AlPHA female. I am white. I was not a slave owner. Pretty sure you were not a slave. Although I think it was horrific what your ancestors went through, I do not owe present day black Americans anything but to be decent and kind. What purpose do you think it serves to 'punish' white people? I did nothing wrong to your race. What is your point really? I know stuff probably still goes on but pretty sure with all the NAACP reps and other groups ready to defend people done wrong, I don't see your point. Your attitude towards white people is racist and you are no better than the white slave owners that thought they had a right to treat blacks that way. Just an opinion. By the way, Democrats were the ones that kept the black man enslaved. It was the republicans that were against slavery. Are you a demorcrat? Read your history. You would be surprised at what you find out. I was.

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